Nas Pleads Not Guilty to Kelis Contempt Charge

Nas has pleaded not guilty to a contempt filing from ex-wife

Kelis alleging that he owes over $200,000 in child and spousal support.

The proceedings

happened this morning (February 19), in response to Kelis’ lawyer filing the

motion last month.

In December, Kelis was awarded over $50,000 per month in

spousal and child support on the grounds of Nas’ reported annual gross income

of $4 million, and her dependence on him for financial stability.

Kelis filed for divorce last April while pregnant with their

son, citing irreconcilable differences. The child, named Knight, was born in

July, with Nas being refused entry into the delivery room due to intoxication.

Although the split was rumored to be due to infidelity, both

parties remained silent on the situation until earlier this month, when a

leaked version of the Nas/Damian Marley song “Strong Will Continue” contained

lyrics addressing the failed union.

“How in the hell am I supposed to stay comfy /When I pay

child support, alimony monthly?...So I've stuck with some married women so fine/Cheating while their husband rushing on the 40-yard line / Wonder if this

is what my ex did the whole time."

According to, the contempt hearing has been

scheduled for March 10. If found guilty, Nas will face jail time.

At press time,

the Queens lyricist’s anticipated collaboration album with Damian Marley

(Distant Relatives) is still slated for an April 6 release.